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Old 01-13-2005, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default How do you pack a car hood for shipment?

I know this my sound like a dumb question with a simple answer, but how would someone ship a hood to someone else via UPS without causing damage to the finish or to the edges of the hood? I know the automotive industry does it all the time ( Ships parts in primer) but I thought I would ask the collective to see what you guys would say.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:20 AM   #2
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Wrap the edges in foam, place in a box with lots of packing peanuts, and ship.

Thats how I would do it.

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Old 01-13-2005, 10:22 AM   #3
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That's a tall order. You might call the dealer and see what they'd suggest or at least see if they have any giant boxes you could use. I know Greyhound ships oversized stuff really cheap, so consider them as the shipper. No real advice or experience though.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:41 AM   #4
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hood is too large to ship via UPS
they wont accept it....

hoods are 5' x 5'
which is way over the limit for UPS deliveries
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:23 PM   #5
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Very carefully
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:49 PM   #6
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lol we fit it in the back of a jeep wrangler! and drove it from saugerties back to long island! I offer no help! lol but definately put foam around all the edges.
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Old 01-13-2005, 06:11 PM   #7
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Take a sheet of plywood, add a layer of insulation (the loose stuff - or carpet pad). Take the hood and attach pipe-insulation (available at home depot) to the edges. Place the hood on the foam insulation. Add 2x4's to form a crate (outside perimeter). Layer insulation on top of the hood. You should not be able to move the hood side to side at this point. If you can, add additional support. Once you are sure you can't move it, put a second sheet of plywood on top.

You will have to cut the plywood and play around with the 2x4's, but you should have a pretty sturdy box at the end. If you don't feel up to it, call around to a crate manufacturer. They will build you a crate to size.

I also like the idea of asking the dealer for a crate. That may be the best option.

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Old 01-13-2005, 06:19 PM   #8
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here's how I have packed car hoods in the past...
Step 1.
Go to UPS store...
Walk in...
Step 2
Let them wrap it and insure it for more than its worth.
Step 3
... Not realy sure what step 3 is yet..
Step 4
PROFIT...
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Old 01-13-2005, 07:08 PM   #9
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maybe they messed up but i sent mine through airborne express and it was 17 dollars, no lie, just make sure you really pack the crap of it cause they crack so easy.
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Old 01-13-2005, 07:50 PM   #10
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My friend had a WRX hood shipped. It got DESTROYED in the process.

It was useless when it arrived.

That guy is going in the right direction, but doesnt account for the hood being dropped on the 2 points nearest the windshield. Those get folded when its dropped on them even if there wrapped with something.
I would build a crate and bolt the hood to it if I was really concerned. Or just build a frame for it inside a cardoard box and use that to attach it to. If you dont do a good job you might as well not ship it cause its going to get ruined. If they can damage it by dropping it in any direction... trust me... they will.

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Old 01-13-2005, 08:45 PM   #11
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I have no experience but i would assume it's similar to shipping a mirror. You have to get one of those big boxes made out of wood and then put packaging material in that. But like everyone else says, insure the bejeusus out of the thing, and get tracking info.......
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:51 PM   #12
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I know this my sound like a dumb question with a simple answer, but how would someone ship a hood to someone else via UPS without causing damage to the finish or to the edges of the hood? I know the automotive industry does it all the time ( Ships parts in primer) but I thought I would ask the collective to see what you guys would say.
We used to ship carbon fiber hoods at my job.

Basically the 2 points where the windshield meets I would put 2 pieces of wood on each side to reinforce those points. Then wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap. Lots of bubble wrap (the one with the big bubbles). Then we had special cardboard boxes that the hoods went into. Try checking with U-LINE for the boxes. UPS will not take the hoods. When I was working there we used baxglobal, dhl, and some other one I cannot remember. Oh well.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:09 PM   #13
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here's how I have packed car hoods in the past...
Step 1.
Go to UPS store...
Walk in...
Step 2
Let them wrap it and insure it for more than its worth.
Step 3
... Not realy sure what step 3 is yet..
Step 4
PROFIT...
AHahahaahahahaha. I've shipped other stuff like this. It's all fine until you ship something that you can't simply buy another one of. Shouldn't be an issue with your hood though.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:32 PM   #14
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May I suggest that you ship the hood scoop in a separate box. It may make it safer to ship.
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Old 01-14-2005, 03:48 AM   #15
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well you could always attach some small motors and fins maybe add some sort of guidance system to it and make it a drone that could fly itself to its destination? sorta like the Predator they used in Afghanistan...eh well at least its a start...


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Old 01-17-2005, 10:36 AM   #16
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AHahahaahahahaha. I've shipped other stuff like this. It's all fine until you ship something that you can't simply buy another one of. Shouldn't be an issue with your hood though.
And that is why you insure it for more than its worth. I insure every car part I ship. Why because if its damaged in any way its just a matter of sending the purchaser the insurance stub and then they can submit the claim and get reimbursted(sp?) for more than they payed. Thus insuring a happy customer (although some what inconvienienced (SP)) I have a few irriplaceable things (to me that is) in my collection of odds and ends at home. I never ship them I will take the time off from work if I have to move them any distance.
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Having just had a WRX trunk and spoiler shipped to me, I can give you some do's and don'ts....

1. You *definitely* want to take extreme measures to protect the corners. Certainly the first thing you want to do is either take some of that split-foam pipe insulation and run it along the edges of the hood. Actually those foam noodles that kids use in swimming pools work great, especially if you get the 6" diameter ones and cut a slit down the length of it.

2. You want to pad the two corners that are closest to the windshield heavily. Even if the hood doesn't get dropped, it the corners definitely will either wear or punch their way through the foam and eventually the box. If you can, support that edge of the hood along it's entire length. Large blocks of styrofoam work well for that.

3. Bubble wrap....lots and lots of bubble wrap to hold everything in place and prevent scratches.

4. At this point, you can simply take it to a UPS store and let them deal with boxing it up. Or, if you are so inclined, you can procure a large enough box (or make one if necessary) that allows at least 2-3" of clearance on each side.

5. Insert hood in box and fill with packing peanuts, old blankets, newspaper, or whatever reasonably soft fill material you can find. Close out box.

6. Write "Do Not Stack or Crush" all over the box in large letters.

If you ship UPS Ground or FedEx Ground, they will probably accept a full hood as it should weigh less than their 50lb handling limit despite its large shape. It doesn't have to fit in a cargo container, so size should be less of an issue with them.

You can also ship via USPS Priority Mail. Not sure what their size limitation is either, but it may be cheaper.

Absolutely insure it for at least full replacement cost, if not more. Make sure you request the recipient to perform a full inspection of the hood and the packaging upon receipt and note any obvious signs of damage or mishandling. If possible, have them take digital photos.

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Old 01-17-2005, 05:37 PM   #18
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i tried to ship a hood through DHL (NEVER USE DHL THEY SUCK AND KNOW PEOPLE WHO ALSO HAVE HAD BAD EXPERIENCES) I found a box that a hood was shipped in, i padded it with bubble wrap. I shipped it to colorado, and it cost 90 dollars and they would not insure it. When it arrived it was destroyed. I can post pictures if anyone would like to see. The best advice is to only sell locally, do anything to avoid using a shipping company, because they are not careful and don't seem to care.
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